Movie Review – Captain America: Civil War (2016)
In this latest Marvel outing, we see Tony Stark still reeling from what occurred in Avengers: Age of Ultron, where his efforts led to near worldwide destruction. He is trying to be more careful going forward. Captain America, and the rest of the Avengers, are trying to make a difference to make the world safer, but yet another problem has led to innocent civilian casualties.
The United Nations, as a response, and with Tony Stark’s support, proposes that the UN have more say in how and when the Avengers will get involved in world threats. Stark and several Avengers agree, while Captain America and several other Avengers disagree with this.
What unfolds is disagreement and dissension amongst the group, and infighting, while at the same time a dangerous criminal from the past hopes to use the situation to create havoc for the Avengers, for his own ends.
This movie was definitely a good follow-up to Avengers: Age of Ultron, where the story picks up from the conclusion of that film. The writers of this film did an excellent job on two fronts: showing the emotions of the super heroes, and creating a unique story that is different from the usual.
Emotions of the super heroes, particularly Tony Stark and his desire to ensure the Avengers do not take matters into their own hands to the point civilians are lost, was an interesting and logical next step, given what happened in the last film. The fact Captain America didn’t agree created an interesting difference of opinion for all the Avengers, and there emotional responses to this philosophical divide was interesting to watch. Although some characters had less focus and air time than others, the ones that were focused on were interesting to watch.
This question of the role of the Avengers and their relation to oversight from the United Nations was a fascinating central question for this movie, and it created a unique plot for the film. There were obviously battle sequences and scenes of action, but the fact we had these internal questions being asked by our heroes created a unique premise for a movie. We have seen many of these movies where it is battling huge and powerful evil characters trying to blow up cities and the planet itself. Seeing something different in this film was a positive development, and one can hope this continues as we move forward with many other Marvel movies coming up over the coming years.
Overall: 4 stars out of 5 stars.